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Dividing property and resolving child custody in a divorce

For many Michigan couples, going through the divorce process can be difficult. In addition, there may be some misconceptions as to what a couple may actually be able to accomplish when they file.

A divorce can help a former couple determine who gets what when it comes to property division. It should be noted that dividing up marital property is not always predictable, especially if both individuals have their eye on a specific item, such as the house or the family car. It is recommended that a family law attorney assist with determining what assets are worth fighting for and which ones are worth letting go to the former spouse.

The divorce process is also able to resolve child custody disputes and set support obligations. In general, the court will try to make determinations that are in the best interests of the children based on a set of factors. However, the former couple can negotiate outside of court if they already have a specific child custody schedule in mind.

Although a couple may decide to try to go through the divorce process as amicably as possible, emotions can get heated if things still do not go according to plan. When couples are unable to reach divorce agreements quickly and easily through mediation or other out-of-court options, attorneys can provide the necessary services in court. An attorney may negotiate with the other party to reach a satisfactory divorce agreement or litigate if the other party is making it difficult to finalize the divorce.

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